Candidate for President-Elect (2022-23)

Richard W.
Richard W. Ball
Vice President
Detring Energy Advisors, Houston, Texas, USA


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Academic Degrees

  • 2007: M.S., Geology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • 2005: B.S., Geology, Stephen F. Austin State University


  • 2016-Present – Vice President, Detring Energy Advisors, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2012-16 – Development Geologist-Angola Block 0; Chevron, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2010-12 – Exploration Geologist-Gulf of Mexico; Chevron, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2007-10 – Development Geologist-San Juan Basin; Chevron, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2006 – Contract Geologist-Gulf of Mexico Shelf; ToppKnotch, Lafayette, La., USA
  • 2005-06 – Geotech-Onshore Louisiana; Rainier Minerals; Lafayette, La., USA
  • 2004-2012 – Founder, Importation; T-ingo Importers, Dallas, Texas, USA


AAPG Activities

Joined AAPG 2002
Member EMD and DPA

  • 2017-Present – Visiting Geoscientist Special Interest Group
  • 2017-18 – Credentials Committee, House of Delegates (HoD)
  • 2016-17 – General Vice Chair, ACE Organizing Committee
  • 2015-18 – Houston Geological Society Delegate, HoD
  • 2014-16 – Ad Hoc Committee on Governance
  • 2013-15 – HoD
  • 2013-15 – Member, Astrogeology
  • 2013-15 – Secretary, AAPG Executive Committee
  • 2013-15 – Executive Committee Liaison; Preservation of Geoscience Data; Public Outreach; Youth Educational Activities; History of Petroleum Geology; Professional Women in Earth Sciences
  • 2010-13 – Chair, Student Chapters Committee
  • 2007-12 – Director, Student Chapter Leadership Summit
  • 2008-10 – Vice Chair, Young Professionals Committee
  • 2007-10 – Vice Chair, Student Chapters Committee
  • 2005-08 – Education Committee

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • 2018 – Distinguished Service Award
  • 2017 – AAPG Certificate of Merit, ACE 2017 General Vice Chair
  • 2016 – James A. Hartman Service to Students Award
  • 2013 – AAPG Certificate of Merit, Student Chapters Committee Chair


  • 2010, The Highs and Lows of Subsalt Exploration in Southeastern Green Canyon, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico - A World-Class Petroleum System
  • 2009, LIDAR Imaging Technology Used to Reduce Cycle time, and Costs while Increasing Safety and Stakeholder Alignment
  • 2009, Digital Regional Investigation of the Wilcox Group of Northern Louisiana: Application to Coalbed Natural Gas Evaluation
  • 2007, Regional Subsurface Investigation: Coal Accumulation in the Wilcox Group, Northern Louisiana
  • 2006, Ore Petrographic Aspects of Recent Basaltic Andesite from Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
  • 2005, Geochemical and Petrograhic Aspects of Basaltic Andesites from Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Presentations and publications I have been a part of concentrated on lessons learned from work projects that focused on geo-modeling, geosteering, lean sigma application, and offshore exploration. Some publications are not listed as they were deemed company confidential.

Section 7. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall supervise the receipt of all funds and, under the direction of the Executive Committee, be responsible for all disbursements of funds of the Association; shall serve ex officio as a member of the Committee on Investments; shall give bond, the amount of which shall be determined by the Executive Committee, shall make the annual report as Treasurer, and perform such other duties as directed by the Executive Committee.

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Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office."

Their responses and biographical information were provided by each candidate and edited only for grammar, spelling and format.

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